Biotage AB (publ) Interim report January - June 2021
UPPSALA, Sweden, July 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --
Record quarterly net sales
Significant events after the end of the reporting period
Message from the CEO
Third consecutive quarter with double-digit growth
During the second quarter, Biotage AB continued to grow with good profitability. While we increased efficiency during the pandemic, we also secured our revenue streams. In line with our strategy, we are moving into attractive niche areas in pharmaceutical development and manufacturing, and helping our customers to achieve more efficient and environmentally friendly workflows.
Biotage continues to grow significantly more than the market. The second quarter was the third consecutive quarter with double-digit organic growth. During this period, reported sales increased by 19.4 percent, organically by 32.1 percent and, for the first time, we reported a single quarter with sales of more than SEK 300 million. Our business growth journey continues with good margins. The operating margin, EBIT, for the quarter was 20.6 percent, an increase of 11.0 pervcentage points compared to the same period previous year.
We see that our ongoing work to generate new revenue and by streamlining operations is paying off. Further, our focus on cash flow have strengthened our balance sheet. The pandemic has resulted in reduced travel costs, among other things, which we now want to build on in order to further strengthen our strong financial position. The work to expand capacity and automate production at our unit in Cardiff, Wales, is proceeding according to plan. The first part of the extension there is expected to be completed this summer.
In June, we entered another interesting niche in the field of biomolecules, with the launch of our innovative and automated platform for cleaning plasmids, Biotage® PhyPrep. Together with our consumables Biotage® PhyTip, we enable our customers to discover new treatment methods for patients using biological molecules. This is yet another example of how Biotage helps to unlock the potential of science to solve global societal issues.
The pandemic has led to an increase in raw material purchasing prices and freight costs. There are several problems in the supply chain surrounding a general shortage of certain input products, but we still feel confident that we are well positioned to meet any challenges in the coming quarters.
During the quarter, Biotage grew in all four of our product areas: Analytical chemistry, Organic chemistry, Scale-up and Biomolecules. One driving force behind the development is that we meet customers' needs for effective solutions to improve and develop their own processes. At the same time, our heightened environmental ambitions are highly appreciated. Our core technologies enable laboratories to reduce solvent use by up to 70 percent.
All our geographic markets showed double-digit organic growth during the quarter. Biotage is growing in all of the Asian markets, as well as in North America, our largest sales region, which has seen the negative effects of the pandemic subside as society opens up again. We are growing in the USA with a strong underlying business that is generally solid.
In EMEA, growth is largely driven by our scale-up solutions for lipid extraction, which are used in the development and manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines. This is an example of the way in which Biotage contributes to positive social development in line with our ethos HumanKind Unlimited. At the same time, it is a fruit of our strategy to relocate resources to growing niche markets in the development and manufacture of pharmaceuticals. We are also investing in expanding our aftersales. During the quarter, aftersales accounted for 52 percent and systems for 48 percent of total sales.
Another product launch during the quarter was the compact test processing workstation, Biotage® Extrahera LV-200. This product contributes to increased automation and more efficient workflows in forensic, clinical and doping laboratories worldwide. The new product was launched at a time when many laboratories were able to resume operations following closure due to the pandemic.
Internal work to prepare for the introduction of a more customer-focused specialist organization continued during the quarter. Once it is in place, we can give our customers an even better experience of Biotage as a supplier, with a unified organization and a comprehensive global offer with the customer's needs in focus - One Biotage.
Biotage is a company that focuses on and cares about people, and I am proud of the results in our global employee survey. Throughout the Group, we live up to employees' expectations with regards to working methods and the way in which we conduct ourselves. We are a value-driven company, and, at the time of writing, we are working hard to further clarify our identity and our values internally.
An important new hire is Maja Nilsson as CFO, a position which we were quickly able to fill following the resignation of Annette Colin. Nilsson's background includes numerous managerial roles within Getinge. With solid experience in the life sciences industry and coming from an international company that has seen a rapid scale-up, she is the perfect match for Biotage. She will take up her position on October 1, 2021.
In the second quarter, we were pleased to note that Berenberg Bank is beginning to follow Biotage through its Equity Research – Med Tech & Healthcare Services team. This is positive not least in view of our ambition to broaden and internationalize our shareholder base.
We are well-positioned for continued growth as a global impact-tech company. By investing in our employees, ensuring high business ethics and taking powerful measures to help customers manage their workflow challenges, we can maximize the company's long-term value.
Uppsala July 16, 2021
Uppsala, July 16, 2021
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